Recently, the specifications of forthcoming MINIs have been revealed suggesting a massive upturn in their performance and drive quality. The upgrades include a new automatic gearbox that will employ GPS to shift between gears.
What’s in Store?
The third-gen MINI range will arrive and how! Complete technical specifications, including the minutest details of its latest three-cylinder and four-cylinder engine series have been disclosed.
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The glimmering looks of the new MINI are already known to the automobile industry, well before its imminent debut at the LA Motor Show later this year. The car’s Vision concept introduced in July and its spy pictures that took rounds earlier said it all. Its striking design – first embodied in the Rocketman concept, and remarkably transformed interiors give ample clues on where the latest MINI is headed to.
Now we even have complete knowledge about the tech-specs of this third-gen hot hatch. The engine family will comprise two 1.5-litre turbo engines with three-cylinder construction. One of those will be a 134bhp petrol engine and the other one, 114bhp diesel, with respective torque outputs of 220Nm and 270Nm. Also, there will be 189bhp 2.0-litre petrol version with 280Nm torque powering the Cooper S; and the same model tuned to generate 220bhp in John Cooper Works range of cars.
Engine upgrades will amount to significantly higher velocities compared to the precursors. MINI also claims high efficiency gains as a consequence to using high-strength steels extensively in building the new models.
New Transmission Set Up
The new MINI range will come with two transmission options. There will be a fresh six-speed manual gearbox, equipped with same advanced rev-matching gear shift technology employed in the next-gen BMW models to achieve perfect downshifts. The automatic transmission will employ the GPS-guided gear-shift unit incorporated in Rolls-Royce Wraith model. This auto option will enable the transmission to respond in accordance with the nature of approaching slope or corner.
MINI, for the first time, will come equipped with adaptive dampers to enhance ride comfort and up the daily usability. Sport and Comfort will be the two modes offered, respectively offering sharper drive and more relaxed ride. The drive will be able to switch between these with extreme ease, at the flip of a button.
MINI will retain the multi-link suspension at the rear, albeit with drastic redesigning for larger rear space and boot area. The new range of MINIs will also ensure better load area accessibility.
Stiffer suspension arms plus broader front track and rear should mean sportier handling. Moreover, the electric steering will employ variable resistance to ensure easy drivability at low speeds and during parking. MINI has also introduced Active Rotational Damping to play down torque steer; the feature is expected to come in quite handy in case of potent JCWs.
Finally, the latest MINI range will get intelligent passive safety technology including a new collision-sensing bonnet that will pop up to soak up most of the impact.
We wait for the official launch with a bated breath – less than two months now for the performance and efficiency stats to be revealed.